We are huge proponents of local food here at Vegan Street, and we love to patronize local farmers markets and farm stands and we harvest kale, peppers and other goodies from our backyard garden. But locally raised meats? Of course, we won't touch them, but a lot of people prefer them to meat shipped from wherever, because the reduced food miles helps lower our carbon footprint. Or does it? It turns out that the carbon footprint for meat production – particularly beef and dairy – is so high that fruits and vegetables shipped from the other side of the globe result in far fewer carbon emissions than beef or dairy from your own county.